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College Applications - Applying to College



Utilize the link above to stay organized and on track with all of your college applications.
Keep in mind, your college list and application deadlines will vary. You might be applying early, or regular depending on the college's application deadlines AND when you can present the strongest application for review. Remember, your counselor and the PVHSCCC is here to help!


Begin with your college list. Know WHERE you're applying, then organize HOW to apply. 
You'll apply online through various application portals depending on your college list. Dates and deadlines will vary as well. Find a system that works for you to stay organized and on top of deadlines.  Application Websites:  Bookmark these websites & refer to excellent resources below:
Open August 1st, submit by November 30 
One application to all UC campuses
Open October 1st, submit by November 30*
One application portal to all CSU campuses
*Some campuses may have extended deadlines, check the website directly
More than 1000 colleges + universities utilize the Common Application. Your online application portal to apply to multiple out of state and private universities. 
More than 150 member colleges + universities utilize the Coalition Application. Deadlines vary. 
Online application system for Texas colleges + universities. Deadlines vary. UT Austin and other Texas colleges are not also on the Common App.
Colleges' own application site 
Some colleges give you the option to apply directly through their website. Create an account and follow deadlines, material submissions directly on the college's website. Note, if a college gives you multiple options (apply on the website, or Common Application, for example, choose the option that best fits you). 
International University Admissions
Application portal for universities throughout the United Kingdom. Interested in international universities? Start with NACAC's Guide to International University Admission.

 Thinking of College in Europe?                                                                                        

  • You don’t need to know a foreign language!
    There are 3000+ bachelor’s degree programs taught entirely in English-offered at universities in EU/EEA countries.  There are even more options for master’s degree programs!
  • College in Europe is much more affordable than you might think.
    The average tuition for international students is right around $8,000 per year. There are hundreds of options under $4,000 per year and 50 that are tuition free-even for international students!
  • There are transparent and attainable admissions requirements providing an escape from the US admission rat race.
    College in Europe helps provide a competitive edge in the job market-not only due to the emphasis many schools have on internships, but also due to the development of soft skills that employers are seeking.
  • College in Europe will change your life in ways you can’t even imagine!
Visual/Performing Arts

Interested in applying to art/dance/theater programs?
Compile your portfolio (photos, film, art, etc.) and have your coach/mentor/teacher give their professional feedback of your work
Get Personalized Feedback from the Portfolio Experts - AICAD Portfolio Review Portal: you to upload your artwork to receive feedback from AICAD institutions – the leading art & design schools in the US & Canada. This site is open to all students from 9th -12th grade!
Attend National Portfolio Day and get feedback on your work directly from colleges.
Check out this great video for visual arts portfolio tips by Parsons
THE COLLEGE AUDITION PODCAST - Join us for chats with department chairs, faculty, and decision makers from some of the country’s most competitive theatre and musical theatre programs, as well as topical discussions with other industry professionals as it relates to the college audition process.
Connect with admission counselors in the fall
Every year, Palos Verdes High School hosts admission counselors representing a wide variety of universities. All students have access to listen to admission presentations, get to know their regional representative, and gain a better understanding of their college options. Students may view the visit schedule and register to attend visits in Schoolinks.
Understand which application cycle is right for you:

Early Decision (ED1): Early November application deadline, decisions by mid-December.

Binding: students may apply elsewhere but must withdraw all other applications if admitted in ED. Acceptance rates notably more favorable than in ED2 or RD. Widely available. You may only choose this option if you are aware of what your costs will be if admitted as you will not be able to compare costs/financial aid at other institutions since this is a binding "contract" where you, parent/guardian and counselor sign off that you understand these implications.


Early Decision II (ED2): Early January deadline, decisions by mid-February.

Binding: students may apply elsewhere but must withdraw all other applications if admitted in ED2. A second chance at ED. Acceptance rates more favorable than RD but not as advantageous as ED1. Becoming more widely available at some highly selective institutions. You must understand your costs if admitted as you will not have the opportunity to compare costs/financial aid with other institutions.


Early Action (EA): Usually November deadline, variable decision dates.

Non-binding: students can apply elsewhere and attend if admitted elsewhere. Acceptance rate advantage of EA differs widely among schools. Widely available. 


Single Choice Early Action (SCEA): Deadline November 1, decisions by mid-December.

Non-binding, but students can apply to only one SCEA school and cannot apply elsewhere in ED or EA (except to international or public state universities). Slightly favorable admissions rates compared to RD. Offered by four extremely competitive schools: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford as their alternative to ED.


Restrictive Early Action (REA): November deadline, decisions by mid-December.

Non-binding: students are restricted from applying to any other schools in ED but can apply to other EA schools. Variable acceptance rate advantage. Offered by only a few schools including Georgetown and Notre Dame.


Regular Decision (RD): Non-binding: Deadline usually in early January, later for some schools, decisions most commonly in late March. All selective schools receive vast number of RD applications, making the RD competition highly intense. Available everywhere.

The Perks of Being a Senior: College Applications – Reedy High School Media

 2023-2024 First Year Deadlines, Fees and Requirements

 List of Colleges that accept the Common Application

Although Common Application member institutions use the same form, each individual College will have different admission requirements and most will require a separate supplement. Supplements may also be submitted online through the Common Application.


Writing Requirements / Supplemental Essays required by Colleges

Tips on writing Supplemental Essays

Common App Toolkit Resource for Students

How to Make Your Common App LESS COMMON! A Guide from Collegewise - 2023-2024

AXS Companion - The AXS Companion is a free, open online resource designed by professional consultants to be used side-by-side with Common App as you work through your application. Each section includes explanatory videos, helpful tips, a glossary of application terms, and links to resources mentioned in the videos.

AXS Companion to the Common App CHATBOT

Filling Out the Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)

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UC Application


Before You Begin
  1. Gather the information you will need to fill out the application: transcripts (don’t try to fill in your classes and grades from memory), test scores, activities and awards. Optional: financial aid information, annual income, residency, ELC-FAFSA number.
  2. Research major options, degree programs that can help you achieve your career goal. Check which majors are open in a given term.
  3. Pick an appropriate/professional email address and stick with it throughout the application process. Check your spam filter so you receive all UC communications.
  4. Guide to UC Application 
  5. Write your personal insight questions in advance.  The personal insight questions are about getting to know you better — your life experience, interests, ambitions and inspirations. Be authentic and provide details!
Pursue all potential scholarships. UC Campuses & Alumni Associations award a variety of scholarships based on merit, financial need or both. Students with specific backgrounds, academic interest or career goals should take time to match their background characteristics and interests in Step 2 of the application to apply for special restricted scholarships.

After You File

  1. Print your receipt and email confirmation. FYI - Application cost is now $80 per campus.
  2. Watch for your Application Acknowledgement: 4-5 weeks after you file you will receive it from the UC Application processing service.
  3. If your academic record changes (add or drop a class or earn less than a C or better in a course) talk to your counselor about how to notify each campus where you applied.

UC – After you apply


  • Letters of Recommendation –UC does not require or solicit letters of recommendation. DO NOT submit recommendations unless they are specifically requested.
  • Once you are admitted for fall term, arrange to have your final, official transcript sent to the campus Admission office before July 15th.



Presenting yourself on the UC application for freshman applicants 






UC Application Workshops, UC PIQ Overview Presentations, and UCSB Freshman Selection Webinars offered through December | Registration Link



California resident freshman application data 2023 (Coming soon!)

Berkeley Academic Guides- Choosing a Major


Fall 2023 UC campus events


This fall, campuses are offering a variety of in-person and virtual events for prospective students, including events for first-year, transfer and out-of-state/international applicants.

Be sure to check with the individual campus for more information on the schedule and format of events, as well as registration information. Additional events and programming beyond what is listed below may be offered!


UC Berkeley


UC Davis


UC Irvine




UC Merced


UC Riverside


UC San Diego

  • Fall Showcase Open House, October 7 — more information available soon
  • Daily campus tours


UC Santa Barbara


UC Santa Cruz


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Cal State Apply Logo

Find your future at the California State University.
With 23 campuses and thousands of degree choices, the CSU is a great place to start your journey. Explore your options below, and learn about the application today.

Fall 2024 

If you are seeking entrance for Fall 2024, the application and application link will be available beginning October 1st, 2023 at 6 am PST.


This is the website of the California State University designed to help students and parents:Cal State Apply


  • Learn about the CSU system and all 23 campuses.
  • Select a CSU campus to attend.
  • Plan financial aid.
  • Submit and application
  • Establish an account with User ID and password.

Help Tutorial that will walk you through the CSU application is found at:  




Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center

Apply online to the 23 CSU Campuses



The Cal State Apply website assists students in exploring, planning and applying to the Colleges in the California State University system


  • Log-in with your User ID and password and enter “Course Manager”
    1. Choose a campus and complete the information requested
    2. Once an application is completed, Cal State Apply will transfer your information to another application so it is simple to apply to more than one CSU campus.
      1. The information requested for each campus is the same with the following exceptions:
        1. Each CSU campus requires you to fill out enrollment information found on the first screen of the application.
        2. California State Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo is the only campus to require additional information on their application. (You will be prompted by Cal State Apply.)
  • Application requires entering all CSU eligibility required high school courses and grades, so you must have your unofficial transcript handy
    1. See “High School Planner” for a list of required courses on Cal State Apply.
  • Application does not require self-reporting SAT or ACT scores! The CSU Board of Trustees will consider the recommendation to discontinue standardized test scores in undergraduate admission at its March 2022 meeting... the recommendation is to discontinue use.
  • The application fee per campus is $70.
      1. Payable by check, money order, credit card or debit card.
  • Official (sealed) transcripts should be sent to CSU ONLY WHEN INSTRUCTED TO DO SO, not before!!
  • CSU application DOES NOT require a personal statement.
  • CSU application DOES NOT require letters of recommendation.
  • CSU application DOES NOT require list or validation of extra curricular/community activities or awards... *** wIth the exception of Cal Poly SLO!*** 
California Community Colleges CCCApply


The California Community Colleges system consists of 116 colleges, with a large number of additional campus centers and classrooms throughout the state. The colleges are spread over a wide range of geography, from mountains to coasts, and rural regions to big cities. Each college offers a diverse array of educational programs, with specializations that reflect the unique character of the local region.


A broad range of student goals can be met by the California Community Colleges, from personal growth to professional training, from associate degree to university transfer. There are many student services to help you choose your path and stay on it, including academic counseling, financial aid, tutoring, child care, and much more.


Most of the colleges also offer alternative modes of taking classes, such as online courses, "distance education" by radio and video, off-campus classes in facilities like high schools and shopping malls, and some even offer opportunities to study abroad. Costs are very low compared to other higher-education options, and admission is open to all who can benefit.

Please visit the following information pages to learn more about the California Community Colleges and what they offer: